Both Sides Now: It was the Best of Times, It was the Worst of Times?
Exhibition at V Art Center, Shanghai, 15-30 August 2015
Both Sides Now 2 attempts, through moving image works, to explore national identity and culture, and to raise questions about both China & Hong Kong and the UK. Comparisons between both countries arise – revolution and referendum, richness and austerity, lions and tigers. And unicorns.
Both Sides Now 2 – It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times is the second phase of a long-term project that proposes (historical) re-readings of artists’ moving image from Hong Kong, China and the UK. By selecting video works of art, animations and documentary films, produced by Hong Kong and UK artists from 1989 to 2014, the project will reinterpret the experience of here and now by looking into the potentially excluded and forgotten moving images of Hong Kong.
In the new edition, videoclub (UK) and Videotage (HK) bring together internationally-recognised artists from the fields of video and film during a several month-long programme from June – August 2015. To build on the ideas posited from the success of Both Sides Now – Somewhere between Hong Kong and the UK, 15 art organisations in the UK, China and Hong Kong will take part in various extensive screenings, exhibitions and artists-in-residence programmes.
The programme includes work by: David Blandy, Lucy Clout, Choi Sai Ho, Jo Law, Rachel Maclean, Joao Vasco Paiva, Ellen Pau, Wong Ping, Daniel Shanken, Ben Rivers.
Preview opening date and time: 15 August 2015, 6:00pm
Exhibition dates: 15-30 August 2015
Address: Space 1 (view point) : 2F, Building 3, No.50 Moganshan Rd, Shanghai 200060
V Art Center website: www.vartcenter.com Tel: +86 21 5212 2691
Screenings take place in Shanghai of UK and Chinese and Hong Kongese work, details can be seen on the Both Sides Now website.
The exhibition has been curated by videoclub (UK) and Videotage (Hong Kong). It is supported by Chronus Art Center, V Art Center, Arts Council England, and Hong Kong Arts Development Council.